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Re: The Book Thread

Post by PigRickman » April 7, 2015, 12:02 pm

I just finished reading American Tabloid on recommendation from a Crab and it was **** fantastic
Highly recommend it for anyone who likes that kind of thing
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Post by Raidersrawesome » April 7, 2015, 12:19 pm

You didn't like the one the lobster recommended
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Post by The Rickman » April 7, 2015, 12:39 pm

Hahahahahahahhahha brilliant
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Post by reptar » April 7, 2015, 12:40 pm

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Post by Travis » April 7, 2015, 8:35 pm

The Nickman wrote:It also enables the Alliance of Light to develop into a full-blown cult in his absence.

Lysaer splitting from them was an interesting twist and sets up for a great finish if he can beat the curse and it ends up being both brothers versus the Alliance of Light.
Yes, agree on both. It shall be interesting to see where she goes.
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Post by Archer » June 22, 2015, 10:54 pm

Just found this thread. Like.
Fantasy/historical fiction reader myself so will have to give the Janny Wurts books a go after reading your discussion. Sounds good.

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Re: The Book Thread

Post by The Rickman » June 23, 2015, 12:38 pm

They're fantastic, Archer. I'm really enjoying Game of Thrones too, but as anyone who's seen the shows will attest, nothing good EVER ****ing happens! They're simply horrible!!
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Post by Shadow Boxer » June 24, 2015, 3:33 pm

Read a book on raiders board member John Mackay recently.

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Post by Shadow Boxer » June 25, 2015, 11:11 am

What was wrong with that post, we can't do book reviews ?
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Shadow Boxer wrote:What was wrong with that post, we can't do book reviews ?
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Post by Shadow Boxer » June 25, 2015, 12:44 pm

Haha, the ego's were similar
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Re: The Book Thread

Post by reptar » July 1, 2015, 9:38 pm

Oh boy, a Twitter Q&A with EL James! Can she write enough to fill a tweet without using random unassociated adjectives as filler?


#AskELJames What's your favourite shade out of the 50? Is there a chance that more shades will be added?

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Post by Sterlk » July 17, 2015, 11:19 pm

For anybody into Fantasy I strongly recommend checking out this list:

http://bestfantasybooks.com/best-fantasy-series.php

It's huge, over 80 series listed. I've been getting my next read from this guy for the past couple of years, and he's rarely steered me wrong. The big ones like A Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time (which I've never actually read) are there, Jordan's series isn't anywhere near the top though. I've also found some of my absolute favourites that I'd previously never heard of: The Long Price Quartet, Chronicles of Amber, Man of His Word.

My only regret thus far is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; there's enough good to have gotten me through the whole series, but its just so aggravating that if I never see that series again, it'll be too soon.
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Re: The Book Thread

Post by Archer » October 21, 2015, 5:57 pm

I think I've seen a few people mention Patrick Rothfuss and the KingKiller Chronicles, must say I'd recommend them too. Great read, apparently he has signed a TV + Movie + Game deal as well, though I'm not convinced the world will translate very well in another medium. He's also a pretty funny read on twitter, had a good drunken session just the other night actually. https://twitter.com/PatrickRothfuss

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Re: The Book Thread

Post by gangrenous » October 22, 2015, 6:03 pm

Sterlk wrote:For anybody into Fantasy I strongly recommend checking out this list:

http://bestfantasybooks.com/best-fantasy-series.php

It's huge, over 80 series listed. I've been getting my next read from this guy for the past couple of years, and he's rarely steered me wrong. The big ones like A Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time (which I've never actually read) are there, Jordan's series isn't anywhere near the top though. I've also found some of my absolute favourites that I'd previously never heard of: The Long Price Quartet, Chronicles of Amber, Man of His Word.

My only regret thus far is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; there's enough good to have gotten me through the whole series, but its just so aggravating that if I never see that series again, it'll be too soon.
Looks like a pretty good list, even if the Farseer trilogy is far too far down the list to have me take the rankings seriously! :D

I am completely with you on Thomas Covenant. My good friend convinced me to read the first trilogy and I couldn't get past the first book. An interesting enough idea, and I like characters with flaws, but I can only take so much of the single main character being a completely boring sooky prick with no real redeeming qualities.

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Re: The Book Thread

Post by Archer » October 22, 2015, 6:40 pm

gangrenous wrote:
I am completely with you on Thomas Covenant. My good friend convinced me to read the first trilogy and I couldn't get past the first book. An interesting enough idea, and I like characters with flaws, but I can only take so much of the single main character being a completely boring sooky prick with no real redeeming qualities.
Yeah I'm halfway through the last book but after misplacing it for a few days and starting something else I haven't gone back to it.. I enjoy parts but then there are too many times I feel like its a chore to get through. Will have to bite the bullet and finish it soon as I can't stand leaving it like that.

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Re: The Book Thread

Post by dubby » October 23, 2015, 2:15 pm

Into thin air, by John Krakauer. Pretty good so far.
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Re: The Book Thread

Post by Travis » October 23, 2015, 5:12 pm

I'm into the 9th book (Dust of Dreams) of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The whole series is incredible. Better, I reckon, than the Wars of Light and Shadow series. I highly recommend it. Gardens of the Moon is the first book.

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Post by Archer » October 23, 2015, 5:28 pm

I read the first book Travis as one of my mates (who is a big fantasy reader also) wouldn't stop talking about it. Not sure what to make of it though tbh, I didn't dislike it but I wasn't in love with it either. The end of the book reminded me of anime for some reason, pretty weird. I do wan't to give the second book a shot sometime however, as this mate is usually pretty spot on with his recommendations. Is it something that gets better as the series progresses?

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Post by Sterlk » October 24, 2015, 4:47 pm

Archer wrote:I read the first book Travis as one of my mates (who is a big fantasy reader also) wouldn't stop talking about it. Not sure what to make of it though tbh, I didn't dislike it but I wasn't in love with it either. The end of the book reminded me of anime for some reason, pretty weird. I do wan't to give the second book a shot sometime however, as this mate is usually pretty spot on with his recommendations. Is it something that gets better as the series progresses?
Malazan book of the fallen? I think its pretty consistently good throughout, with some of my favorites being earlier on while the series is still focusing on the Bridgeburners.

You can't really judge the series on Gardens of the Moon, nothing to do with its quality, but GotM just throws you in the deep end and expects you to pick up the world and magic system without much explanation. The subsequent books are really a different sort of experience as you actually have some sort of grasp on the concepts going in.
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Re: The Book Thread

Post by gangrenous » October 24, 2015, 6:12 pm

Sounds like the 'Books of the Cataclysm' (also on that list).

The first book is **** crazy and you're trying to work out **** is happening and what it means. The next three then become more traditional fantasy and a lot easier to get through.

I quite enjoyed that series. Ended up reading a couple of Sean Williams' other quartets as well.

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Re: The Book Thread

Post by gergreg » October 24, 2015, 10:54 pm

I just finished Tyson's book which was very good. Also read 'the road' which was interesting. Now I'm onto some conspiracy theory book
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Post by Travis » October 25, 2015, 5:17 pm

Sterlk wrote:
Archer wrote:I read the first book Travis as one of my mates (who is a big fantasy reader also) wouldn't stop talking about it. Not sure what to make of it though tbh, I didn't dislike it but I wasn't in love with it either. The end of the book reminded me of anime for some reason, pretty weird. I do wan't to give the second book a shot sometime however, as this mate is usually pretty spot on with his recommendations. Is it something that gets better as the series progresses?
Malazan book of the fallen? I think its pretty consistently good throughout, with some of my favorites being earlier on while the series is still focusing on the Bridgeburners.

You can't really judge the series on Gardens of the Moon, nothing to do with its quality, but GotM just throws you in the deep end and expects you to pick up the world and magic system without much explanation. The subsequent books are really a different sort of experience as you actually have some sort of grasp on the concepts going in.
Yeah, you understand it more quickly the further you get into the series. I found them all great, though. The second and third books are crackers, so you should give them a go. New characters get introduced fairly regularly, so you might find some of their story lines more interesting.

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Post by PigRickman » October 25, 2015, 6:02 pm

So I'm reading game of thrones, getting through them at a records pace... What should I move on to next then?
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Post by dubby » October 25, 2015, 6:06 pm

GoT was, at times, a chore to read
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Post by PigRickman » October 25, 2015, 6:09 pm

dubby wrote:GoT was, at times, a chore to read
I don't find that at all. Even though I've watched the entire series thus far I've found the books to be really good. I'm already up to book 5 in only 2-3 months
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Post by dubby » October 25, 2015, 6:10 pm

That's impressive. Fourth book was just painful at times
Danyrs (sp ?) was so bloody boring
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Post by PigRickman » October 25, 2015, 6:12 pm

I've been off for 5 weeks on bonding leave which has helped haha
The one I'm on now "a feast of crows" seems the most slow going but then it's also the one that the show seems to have covered least so I'm finding that fascinating
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Post by The Rickman » October 26, 2015, 10:18 am

Pigman wrote:I've been off for 5 weeks on bonding leave which has helped haha
The one I'm on now "a feast of crows" seems the most slow going but then it's also the one that the show seems to have covered least so I'm finding that fascinating
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The Nickman wrote:
Pigman wrote:I've been off for 5 weeks on bonding leave which has helped haha
The one I'm on now "a feast of crows" seems the most slow going but then it's also the one that the show seems to have covered least so I'm finding that fascinating
John Snow dies. ****.
Oh he does not!
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Sterlk wrote:For anybody into Fantasy I strongly recommend checking out this list:

http://bestfantasybooks.com/best-fantasy-series.php

It's huge, over 80 series listed. I've been getting my next read from this guy for the past couple of years, and he's rarely steered me wrong. The big ones like A Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time (which I've never actually read) are there, Jordan's series isn't anywhere near the top though. I've also found some of my absolute favourites that I'd previously never heard of: The Long Price Quartet, Chronicles of Amber, Man of His Word.

My only regret thus far is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; there's enough good to have gotten me through the whole series, but its just so aggravating that if I never see that series again, it'll be too soon.
:thumbsup A Song of Ice and Fire is my favorite!

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Re: The Book Thread

Post by gergreg » July 19, 2016, 11:59 am

Just finishing 'Papillon' which has been a decent adventure type book. Prior to that I read the Altered carbon trilogy which was pretty cool. Next up is the Triathletes training bible.

Anybody reading or is everyone lurking the streets looking for Pokemon?
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Post by magoo » September 12, 2016, 2:57 am

Noticed a lot of people in this thread enjoyed to kill a mockingbird. I highly recommend an Australian book by Craig Silvey called Jasper Jones. I loved it, couldn't put it down. I've heard it described as the Aussie version of tkam.

For a good laugh I recommend The 100yo Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, by Jonas Jonassan. Also by the same author The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden

If you are interested in historical fiction i recommend the author Conn Iggulden. His 2 series of books about julius ceasar and ghengis khan are cracking reads.

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Post by Chicka's shoe » September 12, 2016, 7:47 am

gergreg wrote:Just finishing 'Papillon' which has been a decent adventure type book. Prior to that I read the Altered carbon trilogy which was pretty cool. Next up is the Triathletes training bible.

Anybody reading or is everyone lurking the streets looking for Pokemon?
There's a sequel to Papillon called "Banco" about his life post escape. Comes across a bit fanciful at times but, it is well worth a look if you enjoyed the first one. The movie of Papillon is good too, Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
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Post by Sterlk » November 5, 2016, 7:23 pm

Up to book 3 in Daniel Abraham's completed The Dagger and Coin series. So far I think its pretty good, a lot of the POV characters aren't very likable though.
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